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During the week someone challenged me to write my own Roar article, so I thought I’d tackle the subject of NSW Origin selection.
With 12 tries and 66 points scored, Friday night’s Roosters versus Bulldogs clash was a cracker. Intense footy, great ball movement, brutal defence, see-sawing momentum and all completed at near-perfect execution rates by both teams.
During the first half of the Souths versus Parramatta game on Friday night there were a couple of periods where I noticed the players standing around not doing much. I started scribbling notes on the back of an envelope about breaks in play and how long they lasted.
A couple of weeks ago there was a school of thought that the NRL top eight had pretty much been decided and that those teams currently in the top half of the table were simply fighting it out for position.
State of Origin has highlighted the crisis that the NRL has on its hands at the moments around the officiating of the game. From referees to rule makers there is a genuine problem that the NRL needs to address.
It’s that time of year again, when everyone has their crack at naming their Origin team.